Fratton Park boss quits and prepares for Upton Park phonecall.
Avram Grant has resigned as manager of relegated Portsmouth, the south-coast club have confirmed.
The 55-year old Israeli announced his decision to leave the beaten FA Cup finalists in an open letter to fans on the club’s website.
“This was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to take in my football career,” said Grant.
Grant, who has been linked with the vacant West Ham job, took over at Fratton Park in November 2009.
“I would imagine he (Grant) will walk into the West Ham job,” said BBC football pundit Steve Claridge.
“I would not have thought it was the hardest decision for him.
“I don’t think he would have fancied managing in the Championship, I am not sure how much he even knows about the Championship.
“Not many managers walk out of a job without having another one readily available to them, if my money was going anywhere it would be on him going to West Ham,” added the former Portsmouth striker.
Grant arrived as Portsmouth’s director of football in October 2009 but replaced Paul Hart as manager the following month, with the club bottom of the league with just seven points from 13 games.
But Grant’s time in charge was beset by the club’s serious financial problems.
Portsmouth went into administration in February and the following month were deducted nine points by the Premier League, which all but condemned them to relegation.
Despite finishing bottom of the Premier League on 19 points, after their deduction, Grant guided the side to the FA Cup final.
Portsmouth lost the Wembley showpiece 1-0 to Grant’s former club Chelsea on Saturday, but the Israeli was given a warm ovation by the club’s fans. (BBC Sport)
So thats part one of this news piece, I fully expect a press conference in due course to announce Avram Grant as the new West Ham boss, a position he deserves. If I were a Hammers fan I would be glad about the potential appointment.